Birdie – MANIPULATE 2023

Produced by Agruación Señor Serrano Created by Álex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ferran Dorda ★★★ With the sixteenth edition of Edinburgh’s stupendously inventive, diverse and creative visual storytelling festival MANIPULATE underway, Capital Theatre’s The Studio offers a fond welcome return to the Barcelona-based theatre company Señor Serrano, whose previous 2017 MANIPULATE piece A House In Asia became … Continue reading Birdie – MANIPULATE 2023

Saint Omer

https://youtu.be/iWw-EyrG5Sw Directed by Alice Diop Written by Amrita David, Alice Diop and Marie N'Diaye France/2022/122 mins ★★★★ In their narrative-led debut, documentary director and filmmaker Alice Diop bases the stylistically reserved courtroom drama Saint Omer on the true-life 2016 case of Fabienne Kabou, a woman accused of killing her own child. The fictionalised character of Coly, a stand-in for … Continue reading Saint Omer

Jethica

https://youtu.be/QpHEFY4cq_k Directed by Pete Ohs Written by Andy Faulkner, Callie Hernandez, Pete Ohs, Ashley Denise Robinson and Will Madden 2022/72mins ★★★ Fed up with the leering and continually unwanted advances from men, it’s no wonder the extremes women resort to in evading stalkers and persistentance. And though the film transitions itself in storytelling genres, and … Continue reading Jethica

M3GAN

https://youtu.be/BRb4U99OU80 Written by Akela Cooper Directed by Gerard Johnstone USA/2022/102mins ★★★ If you’ve been on the internet for more than a day, you’ll likely have seen the ‘M3GAN dance’ – the viral advertising for the film showcasing the titular film’s animatronic lead/antagonist and its kitsch and ostentatious style. But beneath the camp horror, M3GAN aims to introduce new … Continue reading M3GAN

The Harbinger – Shudder

https://youtu.be/MDQJ5M6RKRw Written and Directed by Andy Mitton United States/ 2022/ 87 mins ★★★★ Covid-19 as a narrative tool isn’t entirely new; most expressionist mediums have taken to picking at the still-open wound of the Pandemic in various ways, but there’s a trickier minefield to navigate where the horror genre is concerned. Here Covid-19 isn’t strictly … Continue reading The Harbinger – Shudder